American League Roundup: Giambi lifts Yanks with walkoff

Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields, right, takes a swing at Boston's Coco Crisp after Crisp was hit by a pitch and charged the mound in the second inning. The Red Sox ended up defeating the Rays, 7-1, on Thursday in Boston.

Yankees 9, Blue Jays 8

New York – Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi connected for a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying New York to a come-from-behind victory over Toronto.

Giambi’s drive off closer B.J. Ryan into the right-field upper deck – just inside the foul pole – capped New York’s biggest comeback win this season. The Yankees erased a 7-2 deficit.

Ryan got two quick outs in the ninth, but Alex Rodriguez singled, moved to second on defensive indifference and scored on Hideki Matsui’s single.

Giambi, who didn’t start because of a sore left foot, hit his fourth career game-winning homer.

Orioles 3, Twins 2

Minneapolis – Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, and the Orioles held off the Twins.

Jones opened the inning with a drive into the left-field seats against reliever Brian Bass (2-2).

Nick Markakis gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third with his 10th homer, a two-run shot.

Rangers 9, Indians 4

Arlington, Texas – Michael Young homered and extended his hitting streak to 21 games, and Kevin Millwood recovered after a bad first inning to pitch into the seventh inning for Texas.

Millwood (4-3) settled in after allowing four runs in the first, retiring 15 in a row. He allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out six.

Red Sox 7, Rays 1

Boston – Manny Ramirez homered, drove in five runs and got into a shouting match with a teammate as Boston beat Tampa Bay in a game that included a bench-clearing brawl.

Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis were separated after exchanging words in the dugout at the end of the fourth inning. Ramirez pointed at Youkilis before being escorted down the runway toward the clubhouse.

The fight started after Boston’s Coco Crisp was hit on the right hip by a second-inning pitch from James Shields. Crisp dropped his bat, charged the mound and ducked a wild right by Shields before throwing a few punches himself.

Crisp was tackled to the ground by Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro. Rays designated hitter Jonny Gomes charged the mound from the dugout, jumped on Navarro and Crisp, and threw several punches that hit Crisp while he was on the ground.

Crisp, Shields and Gomes were ejected.